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    Norwegian Cruise Line
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  1. People who can't wait for you to get out of the elevator, before they force their way in to an already jam-packed area!!
  2. An even better option would be for those who are fortunate enough to cruise, to acknowledge that the souls who are employed by the cruise lines and who leave their families for months at a time to do our laundry, clean up our mess and make us feel like we are old money, be rewarded for their hard work. We are, after all, talking about a mere $14.50 per day here. Small change, when one earns Euros, Dollars, Pounds. With our currency being so weak, once converted, we pay in excess of ZAR 220 per day per person for this "discretionary" charge, and yet, we pay it gladly. Tipping for good service is after all the norm, even when one goes to a restaurant for a meal................. or not? Funniest part of all is that those who don't pay, obviously take that decision before even embarking on their cruise. How do they know they are going to have bad service in advance, or are they just hoping, so that they can "score" a few extra $$$$?
  3. Absolutely amazes me that 'some' can get so tied up, trying to save what isn't even worth talking about, especially if one earns Dollars, Euros or Pounds!! I believe that the only way to resolve this pathetic issue and to ensure that 'some' are not able to take up the option to cancel payment of this "discretionary" charge, is for cruise lines to include this "discretionary" charge with the cost of the cruise. That 'some' are prepared to cancel this charge, is truly beyond me!!!
  4. Sounds great, thank you for the explanation, Von & John!
  5. Please excuse my ignorance, but what is a Shirley Temple?
  6. Yes, 100% agree with you, it was also our best cruise, by far..........
  7. Thank you for your response, appreciated
  8. Please excuse my ignorance........ Are the ports of Alaska regarded as US ports? is extra local tax payable in these ports?
  9. We did this cruise - simply amazing!
  10. Alaska Cruise departing Vancouver 23 September 2019 to Skagway, Ketchikan & Juneau, returning to Vancouver on 30 September 2019. In my humble opinion, there is NO other way to have a holiday!
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